This morning, we have some very sad news to report in the video game community, as we bring to everyone the news of the death of Ralph Baer, who has been known as “The Father Of Video Games” for quite some time. If it wasn’t for Baer, there would be no Retro Game Network. With a rich life in the electronic world, including the creation of the first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, his legacy went on to include other electronic gaming marvels in the community, which are still as strong as ever with the current generation of video game systems. Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Ralph Baer, who passed away this past weekend.
When you get right down to it, there are two different types of retro video gamers out there. You have those like myself that prefer original hardware and cartridges (or discs), on actual televisions or on real systems that you hold in your hand. On the other hand, you have those that don’t mind the convenience that emulation provides, with the possibility of hundreds of games in the palm of your hand, on a cell phone or tablet, or on a real TV with SD cards, which also fit in the palm of your hand! While emulation is always a little bit fuzzy as far as the law is concerned, Nintendo recently updated a patient they have, which would allow more emulation opportunities, not just for personal use, but in the world of in flight entertainment as well.
It’s been a wild ride, and a story that we have been covering for quite some time now. It started off with the news of a film company wanting to dig the infamous Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill that was known as the “Atari Graveyard”. Then we learned about the documentary that was in progress, which ultimately had a series of delays by the New Mexico board of health. Then after that, Microsoft did a series of layoffs, which ultimately closed down Xbox Entertainment Studios, it was promised that the documentary would still go on. Well, the wait is finally over, for the long and highly anticipated “Atari: Game Over” is now available to watch for those that are currently subscribers of the Xbox Live service.
Those of us that are currently enrolled in high school or college know all about the Texas Instruments line of calculators. They have been around us since we started learning about the various styles of algebra as well as other advanced forms of mathematics. Sometimes you can get a little bored learning about things like curves, bridges, binomials and of course a flavor of pi that has no taste. So what can you do when you are bored in class? In most schools, cell phones cannot be brought into a classroom. But calculators? They are fair game, right? How about combining the retro video game hobby with the calculator? That’s what has been done recently, as a new port of the classic “Super Smash Brothers” is now available for download for those users of certain Texas Instruments devices.
While computer mice are very commonplace today in the world of computing, there were a variety of home video game consoles that tried to take advantage of the same technology as well. The Super NES, Sega Genesis, Dreamcast and CD-i are just a few examples of this. One thing is for certain, that while the mouse accessory may have been compatible with multiple games, mouse specific software was usually far an in between, and prototype discoveries are also uncommon. Today we bring you the word from a NintendoAge forum member, who had recently came across an unreleased SNES Mouse prototype called “Sound Factory”, which has an interesting history. Plus, the new owner gave the community some video of the game in play!